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The Philosophers against Idleness

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  • UserProfessor Brian O’Connor, Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College, and University College Dublin
  • ClockTuesday 07 May 2019, 17:45-19:15
  • HouseGatsby Room, Wolfson College.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Dr Anthony Pickles.

During the age of Enlightenment new types of criticisms of idleness began to appear. Philosophers opposed idleness not on the traditional ground that it would require others to work. Rather it prevented each of us from realizing our talents and skills. Idlers were supposedly akin to ‘savages’ and ‘barbarians’. This talk looks at some of the strange and biased arguments against idleness found among these philosophers.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Humanities Society talks series.

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